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What are the Oligos?


Onions are a common source of fructans

The FODMAP diet is becoming a common topic on the Internet.  FODMAP means fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide and Polyols. Two main components of the FODMAP exist – the fructans or FOS and the galactans or GOS. What are they and what do they have in common?  Why do they cause us problems?  For a previous post, CLICK HERE.


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fruitDietary patterns with high intakes of fiber, potassium, magnesium, and calcium are associated with lower blood pressure. The DASH diet provides an ample intake of these nutrients.  DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. Greatest reduction of blood pressure is brought about by a high dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, lower fat dairy, lean meats, fish and poultry. Consuming a DASH-like diet lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension even when sodium levels are not severely restricted.

People consuming plant-based diets (aka vegetarian) have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians. Studies that only address the intake of only one of these nutrients have failed to consistently show any benefit on hypertension. This may be due to the cumulative effects  of consuming all of these nutrients in a dietary pattern, not just individually or by taking a supplement, that brings about lower blood pressure.


For the FDA News Release, CLICK HERE.

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BBP and Obesity?

An interesting article on how our environment can epigenetically influence our physiology – in this case fat stores in the unborn. Benzyl butylphthalate or BBP is a chemical used in food preparation equipment and can leach into the foods prepared nearby. It is banned by the EU but is not so restricted in the U.S. To learn more about epigenetics, click HERE.



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